Parents who refuse to vaccinate will be docked money from their family tax benefit from today
News.com.au - Tory Shepherd - July 3, 2018

AS PART of the changes for the new financial year, from today parents who refuse to vaccinate their children will be docked money from their family tax benefit.Under the Federal Government "No Jab, No Pay" program, Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will cop a fortnightly $28 reduction...

Learning languages early is key to making Australia more multilingual
The Conversation - Robyn Moloney - July 3, 2018

Simon Birmingham recently announced the government will invest an additional A$11.8 million in a successful preschool language learning program. Some 300 languages are spoken in Australia. In the Greater Sydney area alone, nearly 40% of households speak...

Government to name and shame childcare providers who hike fees
The Australian - Rachel Baxendale - July 2, 2018

Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the government will name and shame childcare centres which impose excessive fee increases on parents and taxpayers, as the Turnbull government's overhaul of the system comes into effect today. Under the new system, an estimated one...

New childcare policy still leaves vulnerable families behind
The Conversation - Marianne Fenech - July 2, 2018

But while child care policies over the past decade have improved child care accessibility and quality, families in vulnerable circumstances are still left behind. And allowing for-profit services to be the majority seems to be part of the problem. The package follows other policies introduced...

'As an early childhood educator, today's child care changes have me extremely concerned.'
MamaMia - Karen Moran - July 2, 2018

I'm an early childhood educator. And today's child care changes have left me, and educators Australia-wide extremely concerned about disadvantaged children. The new child care subsidy leaves many families worse off on both ends of the spectrum, but disadvantaged families are being...

New Child Care Subsidy: I fear efforts to close the gender pay gap could suffer
Women's Agenda - Susan Templeman - July 2, 2018

As new child care arrangements kick in for parents this week, Labor MP Susan Templeman fears some women will be worse off, especially if making a post-baby move from part time to full time work. There is some trepidation among parents as the start date for the new Child Care...

New childcare subsidy a slug for some parents
The Australian - Rhian Deutron - July 2, 2018

Professional women who want to go back to fulltime work after having children will be hit hard by the federal government's new childcare subsidy, with many already scaling back hours because they simply cannot afford the cost of care in big cities. Jen O'Malley, a 35-year-old...

From today, I'll be paying $45 a day to go to work
Sydney Morning Herald - Renee Richards - July 2, 2018

How much would you pay to go to work? I am a hospital-based physiotherapist and under the new childcare subsidy scheme that begins today, I will be required to pay $45 a day to go to work. I have one daughter in childcare, three days a week, and am on maternity...

Government targets price-gouging by childcare providers
Financial Review - Peter Durkin - July 1, 2018

Education Minister Simon Birmingham has warned the government will name and shame centres ripping off parents, as the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission said it was powerless to step in unless it could prove collusion or misrepresentations about the fee increases...

Vulnerable kids tied up in red tape
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - July 1, 2018

New national childcare guidelines give centres six weeks to build a dossier of evidence to declare a child at risk, and scrap rules that gave indigenous, disabled and single-parent children priority when there was a vacancy. The document, which some centres say they received just a...

Taxes that deter mothers from working are unfair
Sydney Morning Herald - Georgina Dent - July 1, 2018

The moment I tell you a household has a taxable income above $350,000 is likely to be the same moment you determine there's no case for that family to receive any government assistance. That type of income puts the household firmly in the bracket of the nation's top earners...

A childcare revolution is set to change the way we live
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - July 1, 2018

Whether parents win, lose, or are simply flummoxed by the complex new childcare subsidy system, they have one thing in common: the biggest childcare funding overhaul in 40 years will prompt Australians to review the way they juggle work and family. Around the kitchen table...

Childcare subsidy changes start tomorrow - here's what you need to know
ABC News - Julie Doyle - July 1, 2018

After years of reports, inquiries, promises and delays, the massive shake-up of the childcare system finally starts on Monday. There's been a lot of political argument about whether families will be better or worse off. The Education Department estimates close to 1 million families will be...

The groundbreaking new childcare model helping parents cope with holiday juggle
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - July 1, 2018

BABIES could be in the boardroom under a groundbreaking new childcare model helping parents cope with the school holiday juggle. A new provider, KidsCo Australia, has been hired by corporates such as Cotton On Group, Bega, Swisse, Wrigley and Liberty Financial to set up...

Will childcare changes lead to fee rises? Some operators quietly say yes
ABC News - Norman Hermant - June 30, 2018

But for centres, the transition to electronic sign-in and out is expensive. Some operators estimate the costs could easily be more than $1,000 for each tablet. "We've actually had to ensure that the iPad can have the software on the system. Plus, we need internet connection and secure...